Throughout this week HSJ, in association with NHS Employers, has been celebrating the best places to work in the health service in 2014. Here we reveal the 100 best acute trusts, community trusts, clinical commissioning groups and mental health trusts to work for in the English NHS
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NHS Employers is delighted to support this year’s Best Places to Work initiative.
Every day we work with NHS organisations in England to provide leaders and managers with practical, topical advice and information on issues ranging from pay and pensions to staff health and wellbeing. Our daily contacts with employers help us understand the importance of high levels of staff engagement and staff experience and the link this has to quality patient care.
‘Staff engagement, talent, culture change and vision are all words that are being used more and more when we talk about being a good employer’
Continuing to make the NHS a good place to work and retain current staff and attract new ones is always a challenge. Making our organisations a Best Place to Work is one aspect of meeting this challenge.
So, what’s the difference between good and great? What difference does it make to be recognised as one of the best places to work? A great employer has 100 per cent commitment from its leaders. They engage their staff, listen to innovative ideas and involve their people in the challenges and improvements that the organisation faces.
- Download the supplement featuring all 100 profiles as a PDF
- More on what makes an organisation a Best Place ot Work
The NHS staff survey and initiatives such as Best Places to Work provide leaders with information they can use to identify where improvements need to be made. A great employer will proactively use data from the staff survey and engage with their workforce and patients to make improvements.
Staff engagement, talent, culture change and vision are all words that are being used more and more when we talk about being a good employer. These words need to be put into action. We hope that the examples of action set out in this year’s list will help you do this.
Gill Bellord is director of employment relations and reward at NHS Employers.
HSJ Best Places to Work 2014
Click on the organisation name to find out why they are on the list. Organisations are listed alphabetically.
Top 10 best places to work
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
- Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust
- Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust
- Dartford and Gravesham Trust
- Ealing Hospital Trust
- Frimley Park Hospital Foundation Trust
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust
- Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust
- Harrogate And District Foundation Trust
- Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust
- James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust
- King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust
- Lewisham and Greenwich Trust
- Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Foundation Trust
- Luton and Dunstable Hospital Foundation Trust
- Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust
- Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
- Nottingham University Hospitals Trust
- Oxford University Hospitals Trust
- Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust
- Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust
- Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust
- Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust
- Royal Free London Foundation Trust
- Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases Foundation Trust
- Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust
- Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust
- Salford Royal Foundation Trust
- Salisbury Foundation Trust
- Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust
- Sheffield Children’s Foundation Trust
- South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust
- South Tyneside Foundation Trust
- South Warwickshire Foundation Trust
- St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust
- Stockport Foundation Trust
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust
- The Christie Foundation Trust
- The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust
- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust
- The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust
- The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust
- The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust
- The Royal Wolverhampton Trust
- The Walton Centre Foundation Trust
- University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust
- Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust
- Central London Community Healthcare Trust
- Derbyshire Community Health Services Trust
- Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
- Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
- Peninsula Community Health
- Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Foundation Trust
- Solent Trust
- Sussex Community Trust
- Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust
- Wirral Community Health Services Trust
Mental health trusts
- 5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust
- Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
- Bradford District Care Trust
- Camden and Islington Foundation Trust
- Central and North West London Foundation Trust
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust
- Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust
- East London Foundation Trust
- Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust
- Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust
- Mersey Care Trust
- North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust
- Oxford Health Foundation Trust
- Oxleas Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Health and Social Care Foundation Trust
- South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust
- South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust
- Southern Health Foundation Trust
- Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust
- Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust
Clinical commissioning groups
- NHS Erewash CCG
- NHS Hardwick CCG
- NHS Lincolnshire West CCG
- NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG
- NHS Milton Keynes CCG
- NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG
- NHS North Derbyshire CCG
- NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG
- NHS Nottingham City CCG
- NHS Rushcliffe CCG
- NHS South West Lincolnshire CCG
- NHS South Worcestershire CCG
- NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG
- NHS Sunderland CCG
- NHS West Leicestershire CCG
Best Places to Work 2014 – how we identified them
HSJ’s Best Places to Work is an annual celebration of the UK’s elite public sector healthcare employers. These organisations have proven that they know what it takes to create environments where people love to come to work. Identifying and recognising these outstanding workplaces is a joint effort of HSJ and Best Companies Group. BCG is an independent workplace research firm specialising in identifying and recognising great places to work throughout the US, Canada and the UK.
Each year, all healthcare trusts are required to conduct an employee engagement and satisfaction survey. This is compiled into reports about trusts that are also made public by the NHS and the Picker Institute at www.nhsstaffsurveys.com.
Best Companies Group was able to use this information to analyse the organisations, determine who was in the top 100, and to create benchmark reports used by HSJ.
More specifically, each trust’s data was categorised into seven different core focus areas to determine how good they were in each of the areas. The core focus areas are:
- Leadership and planning
- Corporate culture and communications
- Role satisfaction
- Work environment
- Relationship with supervisor
- Training and development
- Employee engagement and employee satisfaction
Once that stage of the analysis was complete, BCG was able to rank the trusts and identify which were in the top 100.
Each trust also had the opportunity to complete an employer questionnaire, conducted by BCG.
The information gathered by this survey was used by HSJ to complete organisational profiles and to dig deeper into what make a great place to work. The employer questionnaire was not used in the determination of the top 100.
BCG’s workplace assessment experts determined who was good enough to make the list and where they ranked.
The list presented here is ordered alphabetically, by organisation type, but the overall top 10 organisations have been higlighted.